I’m Associate Professor (University Lecturer) in Ancient History at Oxford University, and Fellow and Tutor of Worcester College, Oxford.
I work on Mediterranean history and archaeology, with a particular interest in ancient North Africa, but I’ve published articles on topics from Roman imperialism to Athenian sculpture to Numidian architecture to Edwardian education, and I’ve co-edited volumes of essays on ‘The Hellenistic West’ (with Jonathan Prag) and ‘The Punic Mediterranean’ (with Nicholas Vella), as well as the collected articles of the late Peter Derow (with Andrew Erskine). My new book, ‘In Search of the Phoenicians‘, is just out from Princeton University Press. Find more on my academic research here, and more on my writing here.
I have a BA in Classics from Oxford, and an MA and PhD in Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology from the University of California, Berkeley, where I also taught at San Quentin prison. I was a Rome Scholar at the British School at Rome 2001-2, a Getty Villa Scholar in 2008, and in 2009 I won the Zvi Meitar/Vice-Chancellor Oxford University Research Prize in the Humanities. I served as Editor of the Papers of the British School at Rome 2008-2011, I co-direct the excavations at Utica (Tunisia) with Andrew Wilson and Elizabeth Fentress, and I co-direct the Oxford Centre for Phoenician and Punic Studies (Octopus) with Jonathan Prag. From 2010 to 2012, and then again in 2015, I was Vice-Provost of Worcester College, and from 2015 to 2017 I was an Associate Head of the Humanities Division at Oxford.